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A March 2005 trip to Amsterdam by doonhamer32

Madurodam Photo, Den Haag/The Hague, Netherlands More Photos
Quote: With my wife's birthday falling on Easter Monday this year, what better excuse to spend a few days in one of our favourite cities? A bit of time on the net, and off we go!

Hotel Singel

Hotel | "Singel Hotel"

Hotel Singel Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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This cozy, friendly little (32-room) canal-side hotel could be used as as a dictionary definition for that wonderful Dutch word, "gezellig", which defies literal translation.

As you would expect in an Amsterdam canal-side hotel, the rooms are not huge, but ours was still pretty spacious, given that we had three beds in it. One big bonus was the lift, which is by no means common in this kind of hotel. Breakfast was the usual Dutch affair of cold meats, cheeses, various breads, and tea or coffee, so it really did set you up for the day.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 4, 2005

Hotel Singel
SINGEL 15
Amsterdam, Netherlands
31 20 626 31 08

Kantjil en de Tijger

Restaurant | "Kantijl en de Tiger"

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Kantijl en de Tiger offers some of the most authentic Indonesian food in Amsterdam, and the place is usually packed by about 7pm. There are three rijstaffels on offer, the cheapest being 45€ for two people. For this, you get 11 different dishes that include meat, rice, and vegetables (the more expensive ones offer more dishes and include fish), although, obviously, you can order single dishes from the menu should you wish. The staff is happy to take time to explain the menu and dishes so that you really do know what you're getting.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 4, 2005

Kantjil en de Tijger
Spuistraat 291-293
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1012 VS
+31 20 620 09 94

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Attached to the Delta Hotel, the terrace offers some excellent food, particularly the steaks and chicken dishes. Usually busy but not packed, the staff is very helpful and friendly. The menu is varied, although I would avoid the garlic bread - very nice, but also very small(!); the soups are excellent, and my T-bone was cooked to perfection. The Terrace offers a reasonable, quality restaurant in an area dominated by fast-food joints, and as such, it deserves to be supported. I shall certainly return.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 4, 2005

Terrace at the Delta
Delta Hotel
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Chicano's

Restaurant

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Located on a street full of restaurants, there is not much to make Chicano's stand out from the crowd; however, it is definitely worth taking a chance on it. As you would expect of an Argentine grill, meat is the speciality of the house, especially the ribs. The best deal has got to be the Louisiana ribs - two half-racks (one with chilli sauce, one with BBQ), fries, and salad for 15 euros. Service is pleasant, if unhurried, but this is not a place for vegetarians.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 4, 2005

Chicano's
Lange Leidsedwarstraat
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Van Gogh Museum

Attraction

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It had been several years since I visited the Van Gogh museum, and it was better than I remembered. As we had my 10-year-old daughter with us, we chose to go straight to the heart of the collection, the works of Van Gogh himself. These are presented in a chronological (as far as I could determine) chain around the gallery walls, allowing you to chart the changes in his style from the early dark paintings through to the light of Arles and beyond. The museum offers audio guides in various languages, which are full of fascinating extras and well worth considering. I must confess I found the museum shop a trifle disappointing (and overpriced). One tip to avoid the queues - visit the museum website ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 4, 2005

Van Gogh Museum
Paulus Potterstraat 7
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1071 CX
+31 (20) 570 52 00

Museum Amstelkring

Attraction

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The Amstelkring is probably my favourite museum in Amsterdam; it's really two museums in one - the first is a merchant's 17th-century canal house with original decor and furniture, which I find fascinating. The jewel in the crown (literally), though, is the Catholic church "hidden" in the attic. Typical of the period, with their religion officially forbidden (but unofficially winked at), Amsterdam's Catholics constructed these hidden churches for the continuance of their worship. It truly is an amzing place and is always worth a visit - I always seem to find something I've missed before. The museum is connected to a children's charity, which uses a ladybird as its emblem, and there are ladybirds of v...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 4, 2005

Museum Amstelkring
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1012
+31 20 624 6604

The Anne Frank House and Museum

Attraction | "Anne Frank House"

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This is the one that everyone knows and wants to visit. The trouble is, they all want to visit at the same time, or so it can seem. The museum is open until 7:30pm in the summer, so go along about 6-ish, as we did, and more or less walk straight in. The original Opetka premises at 263 have been restored to their 1940 state since my last visit, which I found helped greatly in setting the scene. The actual annexe, or "Achterhuis", where Anne and the others lived is very amtospheric and highly charged with emotion. It is very hard to visit here without being affected in some way by what happened, not only here, but across Europe at that time. I believe everyone should visit this place at least o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 4, 2005

The Anne Frank House and Museum
Prinsengracht 267
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1016 GV
+31 20 556 71 00

Irish Pubs

Attraction | "An Irish Night Out in Amsterdam"

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Irish pubs seem to be taking over the world, but if they're all like these two, I don't care! Firstly, The Tara, at Rokin 87-89, used to be a Brit pub (O'Henry's) where I worked, but the new owners bought the restaurant next door and expanded the place into the present premises. They offer a good selection of Irish beers and cider, as well as the usual Dutch options, with excellent food as well. It is an excellent lunchtime or early evening spot, and the layout means that it doesn't get too noisy, even when busy. They do have occasional live music, usually midweek - check out the posters at the door for information. At the other end of the scale is the tiny Blarney Stone at the bottom of Nieuw...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 4, 2005

Irish Pubs
Central Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Madurodam

Attraction | "Madurodam (Holland in Miniature)"

Madurodam Photo, Den Haag/The Hague, Netherlands
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Originally built as a memorial to a Dutch soldier killed in the war (by his parents), this cross between a museum and a traditional model village shows all the major landmarks in the Netherlands 1:25 scale. There are well over 100 buildings, plus all the "countryside", to see, and the informative booklet fills in all the details you need on everything. There is a lot to see, including the airport, trains, boats, etc., which all move, plus the buildings themselves, which are fascinating. A lot of the models have buttons to push, which then makes something happen, like a bridge lift or cars move or the football crowd start singing. At the clog factory, a €1 coin will get you a souvenir of a tiny pai...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 4, 2005

Madurodam
George Maduroplein 1
The Hague, Netherlands
31 (0)70 416 24 00

A Quiet Corner

Attraction | "A quiet corner in party central"

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This is a real corner of Old Amsterdam right in the middle of the hectic melange of Nieuwendijk. The bar is L-shaped, which actually makes it feel like two separate bars. The beers on offer are the usual Amstel and Guinness, but they also have Amstel Light and what is for me a special treat, Palm Speciale, from Belgium on tap! The only food offered are the old-fashioned bar snacks of bitterballen, uitsmijter (a kind of ham-and-egg sandwich), and nuts. This is a perfect place to sit and sip a beer during the day, watching all the people rush up and down the street, or come nighttime to have a quiet chat with new friends over a few beers. You don't have to party all the time in Amsterdam - if it all...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 8, 2005

A Quiet Corner
De Kleine Kaarseboom, Nieuwendijk
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Madurodam

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Delft, The Hague & Madurodam"

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A bit of a mix, really; having done the Grand Holland Tour a couple of years ago, I was hoping for some time in the centre of Delft, but all we got was a visit to one of the two remaining Delftware factories. That said, it was very interesting to see how the stuff is made, and to watch the artists painting the clay prior to firing. Of course, there is a shop where you can spend a fortune if you are so inclined, although we only bought a couple of pieces. On to The Hague, the seat of the Dutch govenment, and a city tour taking in all the major sites like the various ministeries and embassies, the Peace Palace, The Binnenhof and Dutch Parliament buildings, the Royal Palace, and the prison where Mr ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 8, 2005

Madurodam
George Maduroplein 1
The Hague, Netherlands
31 (0)70 416 24 00